Iden­tify prop­erty to aid its re­turn if stolen


Of­ten track­ing the prop­erty and iden­ti­fy­ing it is one of the only lines of en­quiry we have in a bur­glary or theft.

One of the big­gest things you can do to help us in re­duc­ing bur­glar­ies, solv­ing your’s and get­ting your prop­erty back is to mark your prop­erty and record the se­rial num­ber.

We re­ally strug­gle to iden­tify stolen prop­erty and ev­ery day we find prop­erty at a bur­glar’s or re­ceiver’s house and we can’t iden­tify it and have to leave it be­hind.

You can use your ini­tia­tive and mark your own num­ber on prop­erty like tools or any­thing re­ally with a en­graver, paint or sim­i­lar.

We are en­cour­ag­ing con­struc­tion work­ers who’s tools are of­ten tar­geted by bur­glars to en­grave their name or driver’s li­cense num­ber on their tools.

That way po­lice can just run the num­ber through our com­puter and if it’s stolen it will have an alert that’s its stolen and who should own it.

You don’t have to give us the man­u­fac­turer’s se­rial num­ber, some other mark­ing that per­son­alises it will be just as good, for ex­am­ple driver’s li­cense num­ber, full name etc.

There is also a po­lice web­site called SNAP where you can record se­rial num­bers which we can later ac­cess, it also helps you when putting your in­sur­ance claim in.

Of­ten track­ing the prop­erty and iden­ti­fy­ing it is one of the only lines of en­quiry we have in a bur­glary or theft.

Most days we have a po­lice of­fi­cer who vis­its lo­cal sec­ond-hand deal­ers and goes through the prop­erty sold to them, so of­ten we see a known bur­glar has pawned an item, for ex­am­ple a new $1500 chain­saw and we can’t iden­tify it be­cause the owner never passed on the se­rial num­ber.

Plus we are al­ways find­ing drug houses loaded with stolen prop­erty that we can’t iden­tify.

If you have the mis­for­tune to be bur­gled have the list of miss­ing prop­erty with the se­rial num­ber or num­bers recorded ready to pass to the at­tend­ing po­lice so it goes into our com­puter sys­tem straight away.

Your prop­erty is used as ex­change for cash or drugs, by help­ing us to iden­tify it we can ap­pre­hended the thieves, re­ceivers, drug deal­ers and stop the bur­glar­ies.

*Pukekohe po­lice are look­ing for a stolen dairy trav­el­ling ef­flu­ent ir­ri­ga­tor. It has two 2 x 3-4 me­tre long arms and a ratchet sys­tem which makes it move around the pad­dock. Call the Pukekohe Po­lice Sta­tion on 09 237 1700 if you have any in­for­ma­tion on its where­abouts.

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